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  W: R. López (8-11)   L: B. Burke (0-1)   S: A. Colomé (25)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE1:10 PM CT, August 25, 2019
Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 25,553

Burke set for encore as Rangers take on White Sox

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According to STATS

Texas Rangers at Chicago White Sox

  1. The Rangers took two of three from the White Sox at home in June, but are 3-10 on Chicago's South Side since 2015. Texas has a .204/.289/.323 slash line in those games.
  2. The Rangers lead all of MLB with 93 hits since August 14, and have six games with at least 10 hits out of those nine contests. From August 1-13, Texas' 69 hits were the second-fewest in MLB (Seattle, 53), and it only had one game with at least 10 hits out of those 11 contests.
  3. The Rangers' Willie Calhoun has six two-hit games in his last eight contests after recording six multi-hit games in his previous 39 contests. The White Sox send lefty Ross Detwiler to the mound in the opener, and Calhoun has 9 hits including a pair of homers in his last 16 at-bats against southpaws.
  4. The Rangers' Lance Lynn, who starts on Friday, is 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA in four career starts at Guaranteed Rate Field. This season, he is 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA in seven starts against AL Central teams compared to 9-7 with a 3.94 ERA in his other 19 starts.
  5. Chicago's Tim Anderson leads MLB with 35 hits this month, and is batting .486 (17-for-35) during an eight-game hitting streak. He notched his 120th hit Wednesday in his 92nd game, the first White Sox shortstop with 120 hits in his first 92 games in a season since Hall of Famer Luke Appling in 1940.
  6. Jose Abreu's 29 hits in August rank sixth in MLB while his 22 RBI are one shy of the Reds' Aristides Aquino for the most in the majors. Since his 2014 rookie season, Abreu is second in the majors with 195 August hits (Braves' Ender Inciarte, 196) and third in August RBI with 106.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/22/2019 thru 8/25/2019

What will Brock Burke do for an encore?

The Texas Rangers and their fans are anxious to find out when the rookie left-hander makes his second major league start against the host Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon.

Burke certainly shined in his debut Tuesday, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out four in six scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels in a game the Rangers went on to win 3-2 in 11 innings.

"I couldn't have asked for more," Burke said.

Burke joined the Rangers from Triple-A Nashville to pitch the second game of a doubleheader. He initially was set to return to the minors after the game, but his outing against the Angels was so strong, the organization elected to let Burke fill the rotation spot previously held by Joe Palumbo.

The Angels struggled to get good contact against Burke. According to, just four of 17 balls in play had an exit velocity of 95 mph or greater.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward was bullish about the first impression Burke left.

"He was obviously really, really good," Woodward told reporters after the game. "I think the poise, that's what I saw in spring training. It was a lot of the same thing (Tuesday). It just seemed like nothing really shook him."

Woodward added to his praise one day later in a radio interview with KRLD-FM 105.3.

"Brock Burke looked like he had been pitching in the big leagues for about 15 years," Woodward said. "Didn't even break a sweat in the 105-degree heat. Had command of all his pitches. You look at his stuff ... it's pretty elite. So that was obviously a really welcome sight."

The White Sox are looking to take three games in the four-game weekend series and eyeing their fifth win in seven games overall.

After taking two of three in a road series against the American League Central-leading Minnesota Twins to start the week, the White Sox won the first two games against the Rangers before Saturday's 4-0 loss.

Third baseman Yoan Moncada returned to the lineup from injury for Thursday's series opener and has hit a pair of two-run home runs in the series to boost Chicago. Shortstop Tim Anderson carries an 11-game hitting streak into the matinee.

"I think that these guys have been pushing and trying to pick each other up," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "It helps us tremendously to have Yoan back in the lineup, a big part of our club. But you're seeing contributions again. ... Some great at-bats ... up and down throughout the lineup.

"When you do that, when you pitch, you catch the ball -- I mean all the clichés -- you get some timely hitting, you give yourself a chance to win a ballgame."

Right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (7-11, 5.25 ERA) is set to start for Chicago in his second outing of the season against the Rangers. Lopez took a no-decision on June 21 at Globe Life Park after allowing three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Lopez is 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA in four career starts against the Rangers, with 24 strikeouts and three home runs allowed in 24 innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 25, 2019

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